University Assessment Panel

Notes from Meeting of
November 1, 2002

The third meeting of the University Assessment Panel (UAP) for the 2002-2003 academic year was held on Friday, November 1, 2002, at 10:00 a.m. in Lowden Hall 304.


Introductions were conducted again for Barnard, who was unable to attend the first two meetings.  A handout on the state report card on higher education was distributed.  States were graded on five categories: preparation, participation, affordability, completion, and benefits.  Illinois fell from number 1st in 2000 to 3rd in 2002, but is still doing very well.  Greater Expectations: A New Vision for Learning as a Nation goes to College, is an executive overview of the 2000 Colleges and Universities Report was also distributed to the panel.  The report talks about changes needed in higher education, the implications of assessment, and factors that impact higher education.  Also addressed is the misalignment between high school course work and the expectations for performance in college.  The challenge of having both a liberal arts focus and the need to focus on job-specific skills, and the lack of a common indicator to assess student-learning outcomes were other issues discussed.

Toolkit, the Assessment Services newsletter, was launched with its first issue.  Feedback to the newsletter has been positive.  The first issue was very general: an introduction to assessment and how to get help.  The newsletter was forwarded to the academic leadership group of the IBHE, who was very impressed by the concept.  Barnard would welcome ideas on topics, and gave credit to Askins, who put the newsletter together and created the attractive format

Feedback on Assessment Plans

Assessment plans and status reports from Engineering and Engineering Technology, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Health and Human Sciences were discussed.  The discussion of the remaining reports will be continued at the November 15 meeting.  One funding request was approved.  Two status reports from support units were discussed.  The directors of both units will be invited to attend the December 6 meeting of the UAP at 10:30 to give additional information to the panel on their programs.  A decision on a funding request will be delayed until after the visit and additional information has been provided.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:51 am.  The next meeting of the UAP will be November 15, 2002 in Lowden Hall 304.